Kofu and Shosenkyo Gorge Area


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Shosenkyo gorge, designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, is part of  Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Japan, which spans four different prefectures.  Shosenkyo is located in the north of Kofu city, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture.

Yamanashi is also known as the centre of Japan’s wine industry and during your trip to Kofu you can visit local wineries and taste the wine.

Kofu is associated with Takeda Shingen, a famous general from the Warring States Period.  The area has many sightseeing spots connected to Takeda Shingen, such as Takeda-jinja Shrine and Kai-zenko-ji Temple. There is also the Kofu Castle which was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu (founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate ) in 1583 after he defeated Takeda shingen’s heir, Katsuyori, in 1582.

On a clear day, a visitor to the area can see Mt. Fuji to the south.

It takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo by train (JR Chuo Line), approximately 2 hours by car on the Chuo Expressway or around 2 hours 10 minutes by Chuo Highway Bus from Shinjuku Station West Exit.

Author – photographer. Co-founder of Japanbyweb.com.